Industrial Design / Design Engineering and the 'Facilitator Trap'

Faculty of Mech Eng and Naval Arch, University of Zagreb, and The Design Society
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DESIGN 2012 Proceedings, 2012, pp. 1321 - 1330
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This paper discusses preliminary results of one aspect of a Delphi type study investigating technological change and the potential impacts of this on Industrial design/Design engineering education and indeed the profession. More specifically this paper discusses aspects of what we are calling the 'Facilitator Trap'. As technological change is advancing at an exponential rate there is the real possibility in the future the Industrial designer/Design engineer may be trapped in the role of being a mere facilitator. We will discuss results from our study and suggest ways we may prevent this.
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